Society Of St. Andrew

Rating: 4.91 stars   164 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Food, Human Services

Address:

3383 Sweet Hollow Rd Big Island VA 24526 USA

Mission:

GLEANING AMERICA'S FIELDS - FEEDING AMERICA'S HUNGRY. Founded in 1979. 20 to 30 million pounds of fresh produce is saved each year by the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) and donated to feed the hungry nationwide. SoSA's Gleaning Network uses tens of thousands of volunteers to glean farmers' fields and orchards after harvest for nutritious produce that would otherwise be plowed under or left to rot. SoSA's Potato & Produce Project salvages truckloads of perfectly good but commercially unmarketable potatoes and other produce donated by members of the agricultural community. All of this food is then delivered and donated to food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other critical service agencies in the 48 contiguous states. These agencies, in turn, distribute the food directly to the needy. SoSA's Harvest of Hope program educates people about the hunger problem and encourages them to make lifelong commitments to being part of the solution. The Society of St. Andrew is a faith-based ecumenical nonprofit organization adhering to the highest standards of good stewardship. It maintains an operational overhead of under 10%, resulting in more than 90 cents of every donated dollar going directly to providing food for the hungry.

Target demographics:

hungry Americans

Direct beneficiaries per year:

tens of millions of people

Geographic areas served:

United States - 48 contiguous states

Programs:

100 million servings of fresh fruits and vegetables

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Rating: 5 stars  

So much food is left in the fields after harvest! Thank God for the wonderful farmers, volunteers and leaders that make it possible for all that food to go from the farm to the mouths of hungry children and adults! This is such a cool organization - and one of the few that are a great fit for a family with little children to be involved in serving. What a joy it is for children to run through the field harvesting sweet potatoes (or other crops), knowing that their hard work is feeding other children! It's a wonderful way to teach service, charity and compassion to even the youngest child! Keep up the good work SoSa!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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I have gleaned with Society of St. Andrews for about 6 years. I believe in their mission to help get good, nutritious fruits and vegetables (which would normally be disposed of) to people who are in need. Many foods donated to food banks are high in carbs, over processed, and high in sodium. America needs a diet with fresh apples, green beans, egg plants, tomatoes, turnips, pumpkins-- All of which I have gleaned through SOSA here in Virginia

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I spent a weekend, along with a half dozen members of my church, gleaning vegetable fields on John's Island in South Carolina, while bunking in migrant worker's quarters. After working in the fields all day we met with the SOSA organizers to learn about the extent of poverty and hunger in this country. It was a consciousness raising experience for all of us and the following spring our church planted a hunger garden and contributed about three thousand pounds of food to local food banks. SoSA provides a great service to hungry people.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We gleaned Apple's in an orchard and were amazed at the amount we collected in a day. We participated in a hunger event that evening that left some of our group in tears from the raw emotions, and all of us with much more hunger awareness. You never know if your neighbors might be some of those who are hungry. SoSA takes what would normally be wasted and combines it with those who follow Christ's words to feed the hungry and works wonders. I will always support them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Prior to my retirement I was a vendor to SOSA. I can tell you these people are dedicated and practice what they preach. There was never any evidence of waste even on the business side. I have found over the years that a lot of businesses would change a plan, or decide that something needed updating, and just toss everything that was being used prior. Not these people, I saw partial packages of paper, being saved and used for other purposes, Was told of pieces of furniture, or equipment that were still functional, that were re purposed to other offices or projects. Was always very impressed with the people I dealt with. So after my retirement, when my wife pointed out that I needed something to do, I turned to SOSA. I have been working as a volunteer for the last 2 years, both gleaning fields and orchards as opportunities arose, and working with Farmers Markets collecting produce that didn't sell because it wasn't quite as pretty as the grocery store display. I have been overwhelmed by the desire of the local markets to support SOSA and by the gratitude of the Food Banks and Kitchens that the donations go to. I would ask you to consider this origination for any and all support you can offer!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The youth at my Methodist Church in Dallas, TX have worked many years in the Gleaning of food to feed hungry people. I had never heard of SoSA before we moved to Dallas eight years ago. After seeing the great work of people, and seeing the reports that SoSA share - WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!! Praise God!! Becky M.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My wife and I have provided financial support and hands on volunteer support for this ministry for a number of years. It has a very low overhead and a great net work of volunteers for bagging bulk food at food drops, gleaning, and educational opportunities for all age levels. It moves fresh, good produce that would otherwise go to waste to a table that may have little or no food.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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SOSA has been a great partner for the University of Tennessee's Grow More Give More program. We are a service project aimed at reducing food waste and helping to feed the hungry. Society of St. Andrews helps coordinate the collection and distribution of the food. We really enjoy working with them, and they help us get the food where it is needed.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have worked with the SoSA for the past 6 years and have watched this fantastic organization grow and help feed more needy families in our area. Our state, Tennessee is the 6th hungriest state in the US. SoSA is continuing to work with farmers and local farmer's market to "salvage" fresh produce that is on the tables of needy families daily. I can't think of a better organization to be GreatNonprofits.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

SoSA has only had an office in TN for 2.5 years and it is staffed by only 2 ladies. In that time they have salvaged over 3 MILLION pounds of fresh produce that has been given away to families in need and food pantries to prepare this food for the needy. The National ogranization last year salvaged over 33 MILLION pounds to help needy folks. The entire organization of SoSA is dedicated to feeding as many people as they can and reduce the wasted food in our country. They are truly AMAZING!!!. Once you volunteer with them you are hooked and want to do more to help them salvage more fresh produce for folks.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

On July 23, 2012 which ended up being one of the hottest day in East TN this year, we got to be the first ever green bean drop with the TN SoSA. Since we were the "trial" run we wanted as many beans as we could get to see just how long it would take to bag them and if we could make this work. The green beans were coming out of the field and needed to be cooled (get the field heat out of them); which was going to pose another problem. We recieved a dump truck load of approximately 20,000 lbs of beans, 60 feet long, 5 feet wide and 4 feet high, which took us 8 hours to bag over 2400 bags of 8-10 lbs per bag. BUT, we still had to get them cooled down; so we ask the volunteers to bring gallon jugs of frozen water and the kids that came to bring their wading pools. We had over 100 volunteers to come and help. We had 10 wading pools and we used all the gallon jugs of frozen water, all the ice from both ice makers in the church and we bought 20 bags of 10 lbs of ice. We gave all of these beans away to 4 local food pantries and over 40 different churches in our district area that day. What a blessing this was for us and for the families that received them. Had this idea not be thought of by the TN SoSA these beans would have gone to farmers for their cattle and pigs. Since that trial run, TN SoSA and the processor have had 5 other bean drops that have provided fresh produce for local families. We are planning on doing this again next year with TN SoSA's help and looking forward to helping more families in our local area. We are so thankful for the TN SoSA and all the great work that they do to help provide fresh produce for local families in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

SOSA is a great company to volunteer for, and the product of their efforts along with the efforts of the volunteers is one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. As a Christian, feeding the hungry is part of showing our love for our neighbors, as Jesus commanded. Volunteering for SOSA is an easy way to show this and learn to give back to our community. You'll work hard, but it's extremely fun, and extremely rewarding. I would suggest volunteering at a citrus drive, that's the most fun in my opinion.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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